Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance trailer coming before E3, says Kojima. And... 'Dark Raiden'?

A playable demo of Kojima Productions and Platinum Games' forthcoming Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance* will be at E3. That's no secret. However, Hideo Kojima has been getting so enthusiastic about the demo, he's requested special permission to show footage from it early, before E3. Why? Because he's so excited about this:

Above: The demo's super-slick title screen, complete with Raiden

Apparently, that's no ordinary Raiden. According to Kojima's own Twitter feed, that is Black/Dark Raiden. He went on to tweet: "I can't say much beyond this, but why he's 'Black/Dark Raiden' is a secret."

Well, anything to give the lad some charisma, eh? In all seriousness, however, we are expecting great things from the project, especially given Platinum Games' track record for quality over the past few years. Bayonetta, anyone? Vanquish? Yup - thought that would stimulate your excitement glands.

Kojima is clearly as excited as we are, even posting a picture of the demo's game over screen, complete with his own augmentation:

Above: Well, that's handy

Of course, the arm coming out of the screen could imply either 3D support (plausible) or that Raiden will come back from the dead, perhaps triggering his transformation into Dark Raiden. With all that bionic augmentation, we wouldn't rule that out. Aside from those reasonable suggestions, the only other possible reason for this odd photo is that Kojima has included a horrific, Ring-style punishment for failing at the game, which possibly only works if you have a Sony TV. We've got Samsungs and Panasonics, so we're probably alright.

While lacking our favourite spoonerism (Fission Mailed), the fact that it's possible to play the demo and then fail at it at least implies there is an actual game that can be played, which bodes well for the game actually existing this time. We'll know for sure when we get to play it at E3, but at least we'll definitely have footage to dissect before then, being particularly careful to make sure it doesn't have a sword between its teeth while we do.

And remember, all the E3 rumours can be found in our E3 2012 hub.

Source: Andriasang

*Interesting how spellcheck says that 'Revengeance' isn't even a word. No idea why it would think that


  • thecakeisalie96 - May 22, 2012 3:52 a.m.

    "Well that's handy" I lost my shit when I saw that
  • BladedFalcon - May 22, 2012 5:34 a.m.

    ...I am not sure if I like this whole "Dark Raiden" Business, since it seems silly... But well, this is a platinum developed game, so i guess I shouldn't expect a whole lot pf coherency from it. That small gripe aside, any new footage from Revengeange is very damn welcome! And I'm excited to see what Kojima has to show before E3!
  • bash street kid - May 22, 2012 7:25 a.m.

    I just can't get enough of platinum games jaw dropping completely OTT delivery (i've been left high and dry since vanquish) - I feel it in my bones - this one's going to be the real deal.
  • rob619 - May 22, 2012 7:57 a.m.

    Been waiting for a Metal Gear Game for years. Ok we have had the HD Collection etc, but that is just a HD Collection. Give me some original Metal Gear please!
  • miked00d - May 22, 2012 8:41 a.m.

    The Dark Raiden character is probably going to be 'Jack the Ripper', Raiden's alternate personality created from his days as a child soldier.
  • ObliqueZombie - May 22, 2012 10:53 a.m.

    This game is high on my radar, and I'm not even a Metal Gear fan. Platinum games hasn't failed me yet.
  • pr0tostar - May 22, 2012 4:24 p.m.

    First off, I like this. We all have our thinking caps on, and that's thanks to Mr. Kojima, and NOT Platinum. To those who worry so much that Platinum will be ruining MetalGear, I take this as Kojima assuring them in his own interpretive way "This is still MY genius, it's just being crafted by different people in a different building." If he's so excited that he had to BEG to leak speculative content, he's confident that we'll be pleased by the E3 content. I have no doubt they'll have a nice lengthily trailer lined up for the Konami conference. It's really hard to put into words, but I think it's easy for everyone to agree; if Kojima is happy, EVERYONE is happy. The hand coming out of the TV is just something I'm commenting my own personal theory on. I definitely think it's a cross-play on 3D support and the resurrection of the game, but nothing more. Kojima is irony incarnate, and will do this sort of thing as often as he can possibly muster up another pun/irony. I personally think an alluding to a "death and rebirth of Raiden" is tossing his character's story too far down the rabbit hole, so to speak. My hypothesis? I think someone (thinking they're the new SoL) got a hold of Raiden's NANNOOOOOOMACHINES! And built their own Jack the Ripper using that severed arm we keep seeing as source material. Now if you know your MetalGear, doesn't that sound a little familiar? tl;dr: Think like Kojima. Always repeating history in obscuere, clever ironies. I think Dark Raiden is the franchise's new "Liquid Snake," and good ol Jackie will have to fill in as his "Solid." If it makes sense, great. if not, my appologies for wasting 2 mins of your time :P
  • jackthemenace - May 25, 2012 12:56 p.m.

    That's an awfully good interpretation, and I like it. A lot. It's a lot more plausible (And FAR less stupid) than just a 'Dark Raiden' personality that he takes on and gets god at stuff- like, a Rage Meter. I mean, they work fine in Fantasy Hack-and-Slashers, but Sci-fi? Without introducing magic, they'd have a hard time trying to pull it off. And an even HARDER time trying to pull off introducing magic.

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